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Back to Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeThe three way race for a seat on the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court bench pandora bracelets shapes up as a clash of styles and courtroom experience. Voters will decide among Donald Sauviac Jr., a Republican, and Democrats Glen Woods and Franz Zibilich in a special election Oct. 22 to fill the Section L seat that longtime Judge Terry Alarcon is vacating.View full sizeDonald Sauviac Jr., left; Glen Woods, center; and Franz ZibilichAll three candidates are criminal defense attorneys and native New Orleanians. And that’s where the similarities end.Sauviac eschews candidate forums and hasn’t stirred up much by way of cash or political endorsements, saying he prefers to reach people on the streets, in churches and social settings.He was a public defender in Orleans Parish from 1997 until he was laid off in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and he also built a private practice billing himself as “The King of Mardi Gras Criminal Defense.” Sauviac specialized in springing the criminally festive: the drunk, lewd backwash of Carnival season and beyond.You can still reach him at 1 800 NOTGUILTY, but he’s toned down his marketing and turned his attention to contract public defense work and a push for elected office. Sauviac, 48, lost bids for the Section A seat in 2007 and in 2008 for magistrate judge.Candidate bios (click to enlarge)He says he wants to get back to how things ran at the criminal courthouse before the storm, when the docket was leaner and, Sauviac says, better organized. He said he aims to reach a “zero docket,” with no active cases.”You haven’t heard that mentioned there in a dozen years,” he said. “It’s the Katrina excuses: We can’t find the evidence, we don’t know where the witnesses are. The court needs to be rewired.”Sauviac favors a system similar to other parishes, where judges know wh pandora bracelets ich trials are set to go and prospective jurors can call in to see whether they’re ne pandora bracelets eded, rather than linger in the courthouse.”Triage and logistics,” he said. “Why do we have to wait for the morning of trial to figure out which case is going?”Sauviac, who describes himself as “on the very liberal side of Republican,” said he also would tackle the impact of mental illness on the justice system.Woods, on the other hand, has been critical of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for openly challenging the 12 Criminal District Court judges to work harder, in some cases through public shame over their trial volume or attendance record on the bench.A former prosecutor under Harry Connick, Woods, 56, calls it “unfair to use the bully pulpit when they’re taking (so many) of these cases,” referring to a sharp rise in felony prosecutions under Cannizzaro.Woods sees the conflict between the DA and judges as a major obstacle to swift justice and public trust in the system.Before leaving the DA’s office in 2001 after 16 years to join a civil practice he shifted to criminal defense a year ago Woods had risen to special prosecutor under Connick, working murder, corruption and other major felony cases.Among his highest profile cases, Woods helped send rookie police officer Antoinette Frank and Rogers LaCaze to death row for an infamous 1995 triple murder at the Kim Anh restaurant in eastern New Orleans.Instead of a slate of endorsements, Woods, who is making his first run at pandora bracelets public office, recently waved a clutch of awards he has won, from Connick and a crime victims advocacy group.”They say they practiced down there. I used to live down there every day,” Woods said of his experience in the criminal courthouse. “I’m not saying I’m better. I’m saying I’m the most qualified.”